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24 February 2011 @ 12:27 pm

Bertie Ahern just knocked on my door to give me a political flyer for one of the TDs who’s running in the district. He even said, “I’m Bertie.”

For the benefit of non-Irish readers, this is a bit like Obama knocking on the door, post-presidency,saying, “I’m Barack,” and handing out a flyer for the local Senate race.

I am very very amused. :)

Of course, I still wouldn’t vote for them if they were pretty much the last people standing between me and Gadaffai, but that’s not the point, is it. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
irishkateirishkate on February 24th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
T.M. Thomastmthomas on February 24th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
That's pretty wild. I'm always thrilled to encounter anyone I see on the news, short of criminals.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 24th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm a little over that, but mostly for the reason that my former brother-in-law is the political news editor for the BBC Newsnight programme, and has been a TV journalist pretty much since he graduated. Pretty well any time there's an election in the UK, he'll be popping up all over the place.

(Mind you, I have actually encountered him once in the last twenty+ years, last month.)

I suspect that in Ireland, there being fewer people but the probably the same number of generally recognisable people, there's a higher encounter rate. You may be about 100 times more likely to bump into Bertie than you are into Barack.

(Which still isn't hugely likely, of course.)
elektra_helektra on February 24th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
But did you hand him a kitten?

I explain. Years ago (10? 12?), I answered a knock on the door to find a well, but casually, dressed gentlemen I didn't know at the door. He introduced himself and explained he was running for Mayor [of Ithaca, NY] and did I have any questions he could answer. At some point in the process he, quite naturally, tried to shake my hand. I handed him a newborn kitten, still damp. I'd been busy helping momma cat when he rang the doorbell . . . .

He ended up being mayor, too. And a pretty good one.
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kitmizkit on February 24th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
This wildly hyperbolic statement is based mostly on Gadaffai's government currently crumbling, and I would be delighted if this government also crumbled so we could have a brand spanking new one. :)
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